East Timor Prime Minister asks the President to postpone the inauguration of members of the Government

Matan Ruak calls for the indefinite postponement of the Government's inauguration

The letter sent by the head of the Government to the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, confirms the stalemate that has been dragging on for almost two months.

The Timorese Prime Minister requested on Wednesday that the President of the Republic postponed, indefinitely, the inauguration of three members of the government, in "solidarity" with another group of elements of the Government that have not yet been appointed.

The request - made in the form of in a letter sent by the head of the government Taur Matan Ruak to the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, to which Lusa had access, confirms the stalemate that has dragged on for almost two months in the formation of the cabinet of the 18th Government.

In the letter sent today, Taur Matan Ruak responds to an official letter from the President of the Republic confirming his decision to appoint Manuel Marçal to the position of Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment.

In this official letter, Lu-Olo proposed that Marçal, as well as the Ministers of Oil and Mineral Resources Alfredo Pires and the Secretary of State for Fisheries Rogério Araújo were inaugurated on Thursday at 10:30 am.

"I hereby request the indefinite postponement of the aforementioned inauguration ceremony, at the request of the appointed members of the Government. It is further informed that this request is justified by solidarity with other nominated members, who have not yet had a favorable decision from you", Taur Matan Ruak writes.